SurlyFest | Surly Brewing Company

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Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with three different types of Rye and a single variety of American Hops. Malted Rye, Flaked Rye, and Crystal Rye impart a distinctive biscuit flavor to the lush Vienna Malt body, and dry-hopping with Sterling Hops adds bright, floral hop aromas.

Added by feloniousmonk on 09-03-2006

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Photo of PerHops
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A copper hue that gets darker moving up the pint glass and reaches a deep amber color that gives way to a quarter inch white head.

S-Hops, subtle apple, minerals, rye

T- Starts slightly sweet with apples, cherries and immediately gets really bitter. Finishes a little sweet with great malt flavor, but a lingering bitterness. A super intense Octoberfest, but what do you expect from surly?

M- Fantastic. Probably my favorite aspect of this beer. Very high carbonation in the beginning, but softening up in the finish as the bitterness slowly finishes.

O- Another beer to make me proud to say I'm from Minnesota.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a pint glass. Thanks to storminspank for this.

A: A darker amber color with awesome clarity. One finger dingy white head with good retention

S: Not a big aroma. Bready. Some rye. Some light floral notes. Not as grainy as most lagers I've smelled.

T: Some sweet caramel upfront. Light floral hops with a touch of spiciness. Rye and bready malts through to the finish. A touch of grassy notes in the finish.

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Not super crisp.

O: Pretty decent beer. Again Lagers aren't my style but this one has nothing wrong with it.

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Photo of TroopScoop
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: beautiful deep dark orange. The head was a nice offwhite, but not quite what I expected. Easily the only bad part of this beer, and I'm being very picky.

S: oh boy - great sweet malty & bready tones. The combination also brings a breath of citrus fruits. Its pretty damn good.

T: perfect translation of the smell. The malts, the hops, the fruity/citrus notes. Awesome

M: carbonation- great. Body, just below medium, but not skinny. The aftertaste is a glorius burst of hoppy goodness that seems to come with every Surly offering. Well done

O: unlike any other oktoberfest I've had. Honestly, its so fresh & clean, if u didn't tell me it was an Oktoberfest style, I wouldn't believe it. Really well done. Ill drink it again & again

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated 09/26/11 poured into Surly pint glass.
Clear amber elixir, thick, light tan head, plenty of lace.
Caramel, malt and subtle hops in the nose.
Well balanced between the rye and hops. Smooth, medium body, flavorful, with the rye up front and a nice semi-sweet aftertaste.
Another fine brew by Surly.

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of melikesbeer
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of fuzzcherry
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of TicoCali
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of bertram
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice, rich copper with a tremendous amount of white head that is slow to drop.

the smell is sweet - sweeter than I expected.

the taste was a great mixture of sweet and bitter with a crisp finish.

overall a solid Oktoberfest beer that I'm glad I grabbed a 4-pk of and look forward to enjoying again!

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Jips
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of nh2032
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of dgian13
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of stbo101
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jtrockchalk
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of I2uss
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of LiquidBread219
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Poured a dark cooper/amber color nice white head that provided some spotty lacing.

S= Really liked the nose on this one it basically consisted of carmel, bready, pine, some spices. Really nice nose.

T= Taste was sweet at first and then you get the bready notes and spices that balance it out the pine notes are more in the background. Really like this one.

M= Medium bodied, great carbonation.

O= Overall, I thought this was a great beer in this style. I really enjoyed this beer it's a above average beer for this style (Rye/Octoberfest). I would diffently try this one again and it's a perfect fall beer.

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Photo of Goinbigger
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of LSUPT
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of cmannes
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of 3Hops
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Mrcalrizion
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of codynevels
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of RichBeer
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of Tamarack22
4/5  rDev -0.7%

SurlyFest from Surly Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 907 ratings.
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